Morning Jolt: Wednesday, Dec. 30

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Wednesday, December 30

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Playoff win key for Cowboys coach

Jerry Jones doesn't want to fire Wade Phillips. Frankly, he's looking for reasons to keep Phillips around. His 32-15 is a good start, but Jerry wants some playoff success. You can't blame him, considering the Cowboys haven't won a playoff game since 1996. That's why Jerry hasn't been shy about saying what needs to happen for Phillips to keep his job. It's also why he hasn't yet signed the club option that will guarantee Phillips another year. Win Sunday and Phillips might just get a belated Christmas gift from the owner. (Dallas Morning News)Comment

Arenas 'stored' guns in locker

The D.C. police department is investigating the circumstances surrounding Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas taking guns to Verizon Center this month, a police official said Monday. In a statement, the team said that Arenas "stored firearms in a locked container in his locker, unloaded and without ammunition." (Washington Post)Comment

Seton Hall coach denies fouling fans

Bobby Gonzalez vehemently denied he used an expletive at fans sitting behind the Seton Hall bench in a 94-56 win over Navy on Dec. 22. A fan, who asked that his name not be used, told The Post last night that Gonzalez told fans to, "Shut the [bleep] up" after they got on him for pleading his case with officials early in the game. The fan said several fans told Gonzalez to coach his players instead of arguing when Gonzalez wheeled and made his statement. (New York Post)Comment

Must-See Photo

Jordan Farmar of the Lakers takes a breather after chasing after a loose ball at Staples Center in L.A. on December 29. The Lakers beat Golden State, 124-115. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Must-See Video

From ice swimming to Christmas tree tossing, winter is a wonderland of sports. Check out the extreme ironing.

Game To Watch

Holiday Bowl: Nebraska vs. Arizona, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN

  1. Nebraska Cornhuskers
  2. Arizona Wildcats

SI Vault: More Brett Favre

This Day in Sports

  • 1926 -- The Chicago Tribune reports that the Detroit Tigers threw a four-game series to the Chicago White Sox in 1917.
  • 1954 -- The 24-second shot clock is used for the first time in pro basketball.
  • 1961 -- Jack Nicklaus loses his first pro match, an exhibition in Miami, Fla., to Gary Player.
  • 1996 -- Brett Favre of the Packers becomes the second player to be named NFL MVP in consecutive years.
  • 1997 -- Michael Jordan of the Bulls scores more than 10 points for the 788th consecutive game.